The X-Lakes ‘Academy’ event takes place on the Friday and is a one-day Wainwright bagging challenge for up to 30 pilots. The event is a charity fundraiser and is run in conjunction with the Lakes Charity Classic competition.Expand page for more details
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Registration will open on
21/01 18:00 (GMT)
Live trackers supplied
The organiser will supply Live trackers to you, for safety and scoring
Good phone coverage
The region generally has good phone coverage
Live trackers mandatory
Live Tracking is MANDATORY in this event to score. The organiser will provide the trackers.
The X-Lakes ‘Academy’ event takes place on the Friday and is a one-day Wainwright bagging challenge for up to 30 pilots. The event is a charity fundraiser and is run in conjunction with the Lakes Charity Classic competition.
Please explore the X-Lakes website for details of prior events
AND FOLLOW THE LINKS BELOW FOR PILOT EXPECTATION:
EVENT ETHOS: https://x-lakes.uk/x-lakes-the-ethos/
RISK STATEMENT: https://x-lakes.uk/x-lakes-challenge-risk-statement/
SIGN TO FLY: https://x-lakes.uk/wp-content/docs/NOTICE_OF_ASSUMPTION_OF_RISK-SIGN_TO_FLY.pdf (a signed copying is required at the time of collecting your tracker)
Selection and entry fee
Don’t try to register for both Academy and Hardcore as the two events are targeted at different pilots. However one-day Academy pilots can also register for entry in one of the subsequent LCC competition events.
The X-Lakes Entry Process
Pilots must pre-register and should self-certify that they hold the BHPA ‘Club Pilot' or above rating
Your entry fee is a charitable donation:
♦ Payment will be made by Paypal. Details will be sent by email if your application to participate is accepted.
♦ If you receive a payment offer you should pay immediately, otherwise we will offer your place to another pilot on the waiting list.
♦ Do ensure you have read the cancellation policy before making any payment.
Documents required at registration
The organiser requires you to present your National flying licence.
If the organisers have to cancel more than four weeks prior to the event, then all payments (less the PayPal booking fees) will be offered for refund although entrants may opt to allow their unused entry fee to go forward for donation to charity.
Both events will proceed regardless of the weather.
Prize fund and scoring categories
A trophy is awarded for the first place Academy pilot, based on completing the task and accruing the highest score of Wainwright's bagged. However this is a collaborative event and we value everyone who undertakes the X-Lakes Academy challenge!
There is a prize draw open to all entrants.
A final prize will also be awarded for the best event photograph shared with the organisers (which pilots/supporters/fans agree can be used to help promote the event in future years).
1600-1900 : Official Registration and equipment inspection
1900 : Opening muster and overview briefing
Friday 16th June 2023
0800 : Mandatory Safety Briefing, Tracker collection and course task.
0900 : Academy Hike and Fly start
1600 : Finish by time. Thereafter relax and rest. Rehydrate over a beer, compare adventures, tell stories and refuel at the catering station.
Saturday 17th June 2023
1800 : Post event meal.
1900 : Official scores & trophy award. Prize draw and raffle.
All competitors will be welcomed to registration from 4pm on the evening prior to the events. An event briefing will take place at around 7pm. During the briefing the Task Committee and organisers will discuss local weather and possible route options. The technical support team will demonstrate the tracking systems and the safety support systems will be discussed. Pilots must share this information with their supporter.
Competitors are required to report for the compulsory race safety briefing at the event venue, at 8.00am on the Friday of the event. During the briefing local weather and routing information will be discussed by a Task Committee drawn from the participants including discussion of one-day routes for the prevailing conditions.
The race will begin around 9.00am. Any change to this plan will be shared by SMS/group chat facility. During race hours, the pilot can only elect to walk or fly. No other form of transport is allowed.
The Academy event finishes at 4.00pm on Friday. Late finishers will be treated as follows:
– 10 points will be deducted from the pilot score for each ten minutes of lateness. The 1st second past 4pm results in 10 points being deducted, 20 at 10 minutes and 1 second, up to 60 points at 4:50 and 1 second.
– Over an hour late scores zero.
In any case where a competitor cannot make it back by 5pm on Friday they must call in and report back by this time. However, all their race points will be forfeited.
Any competitor may quit the race any time. However, they must inform the event organisers of it and must return their race tracker to the event HQ. Failure to report quitting or return their tracker could disbar the participant from future events.
Accommodation and Activities
Run in conjunction with the Lakes Charity Classic at Grasmere Sportsfield we are allowed to camp there and to park vehicles. Modestly sized motorhomes and caravans are welcomed too. No booking for camping is required and all campers are asked to pay on arrival at the gate.
There are excellent camping facilities available with men and women’s showers and toilets, although there are no electric hookups for campervans.
If you prefer stone walls around you, then Grasmere has a number of hotels and B&Bs of various grades and there is a local YHA in the village. We recommend a search via Booking.com
How to get here
The map below shows event HQ / Grasmere Sports Field location.
Please follow this link for a map of Wainwrights:
1 Stock Ln, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9SJ, UK
Grasmere United Kingdom